Our church publishes daily reflections written by members of our congregation each day of Lent. This year I was given the honour of writing the Easter Sunday one, which I share with you below. We are resurrection people with much reason to rejoice and celebrate! I hope you are experiencing deep joy today and every day.
Easter Sunday, the Resurrection of the Lord Jill Hamer-Wilson
Isaiah 65:17–25; Psalm 118:1–2, 14–24; 1 Corinthians 15:19–26; John 20:1–18
I faced a terrible diagnosis in 2013. Lung cancer research means better treatments, and I grow healthier with each one. By the grace of God I am alive and thankful, and doing what I can to improve outcomes for people affected by lung cancer. I love people affected by lung cancer. If you know someone affected by lung cancer, please connect with me.
Isaiah paints a beautiful promise. God is creating new heavens and new earth, where there will be no more weeping. One who dies at 100 will be considered a youth! Everyone will live in houses and eat the fruit from their vineyards: no one, nothing will prevent God’s people from enjoying the work of our hands. God loves us and is making good for us.
Do you ever wonder if God hears you when you pray? Do you wonder if he hears when you cry out in the night? God says of his beloved children, before they call I will answer, while they are yet speaking I will hear.
Do you hear that? God is always listening, always ready and willing to answer when we pray. Listen to God, have faith, choose hope!
Hear the Psalmist speak praise and lift your voice to join in.
The LORD is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation. / I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the LORD. /This is the gate of the LORD; the righteous shall enter through it.
There is hope beyond this life. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. Through Jesus, the dead experience resurrection. Hope against hope, Mary saw the risen Jesus and was honoured to share the good news.
We can see God’s good work every day. Lord, open our eyes to see, our ears to hear, our heart to receive your love and to love